Pre-Pilates Mat Rx

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Follow along with Jennifer for a few key preparatory exercises that relax tension in your body while helping you to engage the muscles you want to use in Pilates. Tips include how to find your abs thru spinal alignment, how to strengthen your neck without tension and finishes with the first exercise in Pilates, the 100. It’s a gentle session you can do every day! Our huge thanks go to Moses Urbano for the use of his beautiful Studio Mo in San Diego, CA where this session was filmed. Visit Jennifer at her website True Mind Media.

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  1. catedavies 2 years ago

    I really liked your teaching style Jennifer, especially the breathing & hands over the hip flexors to raise awareness of the potential to tuck.
    Question re. TUCKING:
    I’m a Pilates teacher & was watching this because of confusion about spine position. I have an exaggerated lordosis & have been greatly confused by cues from different teachers over the years. The only way I can get my ‘back ribs on the mat’ or all of my spine gently ‘imprinting’ is to tuck. Yesterday I was told to keep a “neutral spine” with both legs off the mat which means that I have an inch gap between my lumbar spine & the mat. It feels wrong! Would I be correct in thinking that a small posterior pelvic tilt is acceptable to get a lengthening of the spine & just to watch that I don’t overdo it?

    • Pilatescollectiveslo 2 years ago

      I’d love to hear a response for this one… I feel very similar to Cate! 🙂

      Great video and thank you Pilatesology!

  2. Lannette
    Lannette 3 years ago

    Just what I needed! I will take this into my mat and Reformer sessions. Thank you!

  3. Daniel Koeppel 5 years ago

    What kind of mat is that?

    • Alisa Wyatt

      HI Daniel!
      This is a Gratz contour mat. You will see a whole slew of classes with these soon from Kathi – she just had 3 of them made and we filmed 4 or 5 classes with them.
      She talks about the benefits of the mat too…..


  4. Dawn Connellan 6 years ago

    Really enjoyed the way you cue the exercises.

  5. pilatesangel 6 years ago

    Thank you for posting this lovely example of the importance of pre-Pilates. I studied with Michele Larsson and the basis of Eve’s work was so well communicated as a trainee but so easily undervalued when our time teaching accelerates. Jennifer’s knowledge of the body and energy is so evident in this clip and I am happy to drink in what she has to say 🙂

  6. Lynn Pringle 6 years ago

    Jennifer, winderful and clear as always. Can you clarify however, when they legs go up to 90degress, if you are still in neutral position? I personally always work in neutral in all positions.

  7. joesmat 6 years ago

    Dear Jennifer:

    The set-up position for the 100 when the knees were brought into the chest, of interest, was you explained it was called the “home” position.

    Who gave this position that name, and do you know why it is called the “home” position please?

    Thank you.

  8. LKVB 6 years ago

    Pilates HEAVEN! Thank you so much Jennifer, loved every second! 🙂 liesbeth

  9. Reb 6 years ago

    Loved it! Thanks!

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